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SOFTBALL: Richard sweeps doubleheader (PHOTO)

By Frank Wladyslawski

Photo by Dave Chapman
Gabriel Richard kicked off league action Tuesday by dominating both games of a doubleheader at home against Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

The Pioneers (2-1, 2-0) won the first game 8-1 and hammered the Ventures 14-4 (0-4, 0-4) in the nightcap, invoking the mercy rule in the sixth inning.

Tuesday’s sweep came on the heels of a 14-0 loss Saturday at Dundee, a non-league game which Vikings star pitcher Vanessa Ewing no-hit the Pioneers.

“This was a great way to come back off of that,” said Richard Coach Bob Wilkerson. “It was great to start off this way in league play.”

In Tuesday’s first contest, sophomore pitcher Jackie Reitmeyer went the distance for Richard, striking out 10 batters and allowing only one run, two walks and four hits.

She said the Pioneers were able to put the Dundee loss behind them on Tuesday and were able to come out much stronger against the Ventures.

“Saturday we weren’t ourselves,” Reitmeyer said. “It was the first game of the season, but today it was a lot better. We showed how we can really play.”

Bishop Foley’s lone run against Reitmeyer came in the first inning, but Richard answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and one in the second to take the lead.

In the fifth inning, the Pioneers offense came alive and put five runs on the board. Reitmeyer helped her own cause by driving in two runs in the inning with a single.

Outfielder Marina Gross also drove in two runs in the fifth with a base hit and shortstop Morgan Casanova knocked in a run, as well.

Richard added one more run in the sixth inning to make it 8-1 when Natalie Loewengruber crossed the plate on a Casanova sacrifice fly. Loewengruber reached base safely three times in the first game and scored twice.

In the second half of the twin bill the Pioneers broke an early scoreless tie by blowing the game wide open with five runs in the third inning and four in the fourth.

Reitmeyer and catcher Dani Lozon both hit two-run doubles in the third inning, while Casanova drove in a run with a single. Reitmeyer finished the game going 3-for-3 with five RBIs and Casanova went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored.

Richard took advantage of several fourth-inning walks as Casanova, Loewengruber, Maria Lemieux and Megan Trueblood all crossed the plate to give the Pioneers a commanding 9-0 advantage. Trueblood was also big at the plate for the Pioneers in the second game, getting three hits, two RBIs and scoring three runs.

Pitching for Richard in the second contest was Loewengruber, who is also a sophomore. She shut down Bishop Foley for the first four innings, but was touched up a bit in the fifth for four runs, cutting the lead to 9-4.

However, it was all she would yield and the Richard bats went right back to work. The squad added two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and three in the sixth, which ultimately gave the Pioneers the victory by way of the 10-run mercy rule.

The Pioneers are in action again Wednesday and will travel to Summit Academy for 4:30 p.m. contest. On Friday league foe Pontiac Notre Dame Prep is scheduled to travel to Richard for a doubleheader, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Last Updated: 4/12/2013 1:56:30 PM EST